2019 Quarter 4 Newsletter

New Location. Same Great Event.

Meet The Councils’ Board of Directors

MBE Spotlight: Cheryl McCants, M.S, M.A.

Cheryl McCants, Change Agent, President & CEO

Impact Consulting Enterprises

Cheryl McCants, bilingual (fluent in Spanish) and the holder of four college degrees, has been on an upward trajectory all her life. Just when you think she cannot rise higher, she reaches a new level of excellence. Over the past 30 years, with unyielding integrity and tremendous passion for her work and the people she serves, Cheryl

has built Impact Consulting Enterprises into a top-tier full-service marketing, advertising, website design & development, and public relations firm.

Cheryl, an award-winning professional communicator and business strategist delights in telling fresh and compelling stories that enhance her clients’ reputations and increase their bottom lines. Or, as Cheryl likes to say, “We tell the untold stories that inspire smiles, trust, and confidence, while providing excellent customer service, and completing projects on-time and on budget.”

Most recently named as The Council’s MBE Input Committee’s vice-chairperson, Cheryl has been named Woman of the Year – Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations by the international Stevie Awards; a Top Woman in Public Relations by PR News; a Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneur in New Jersey by Leading Women Entrepreneurs; and a PR Guru by Positive Community Magazine. The international Stevie Awards also honored Impact as The Best Women-Run Workplace of the Year and Best Women Helping Women – Business, And, PR news recognized the team’s work for the Best Digital Campaign and Blog.

Cheryl is a Board Member of the Newark Regional Business Partnership and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She was honored by Time Warner and Essence Magazine as a Power Leader in the African-American community, and is a National Urban Fellows Leader of Change for America.

Corporate Spotlight: Michael Jones Bey

Director for Corporate Responsibility, Con Edison

Michael Jones-Bey is the Director, Corporate Social Responsibility at Con Edison. His responsibilities include

Supplier Diversity, Sustainability, Investment Recovery, and the Vendor Code of Conduct. Michael leads the

company’s efforts to advance sustainable supply chain business practices for minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises. He does so in ways that strategically

support Con Edison’s commitments to environmental stewardship and economic growth.

Michael is expanding opportunities for MWBEs through his pioneering collaborations with the U.S. Department of Commerce, private investors, and U. S. Department of Energy-funded research laboratories. These collaborations are in partnership with MWBEs that are commercializing and marketing technology, which meet the emerging needs of the energy industry.

He is also leveraging his role as the supply chain lead on Con Edison’s Sustainability Leadership Council, and primary liaison to a 16-member Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance, to implement new supply chain initiatives. These new initiatives will enhance safety, increase cost savings, reduce risks, increase investment recovery dollars recouped by diverting waste from landfills, and reduce Con Edison’s environmental footprint.

Michael is a champion for corporate sustainability and an ardent proponent for recruiting talented minority and women entrepreneurs into the energy industry. His work has been recognized nationally – receiving over 30 awards from the public and private sectors. Michael has a bachelor of science degree in business management from Northeastern University.


The Council AND Consciously Unbiased Collaboration

The Council has joined forces with Consciously Unbiased, an organization dedicated to creating cultures of belonging, to raise funds to support The Council’s diversity initiatives.

Show your organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by purchasing Consciously Unbiased branded merchandise, and 100 percent of the profits will benefit The Council. Click here and enter the code NYNJ2020 at checkout. For bulk and custom orders, including your company logo, please email kamela@consciouslyunbiased.com with the subject NYNJ2020 order. Proceeds will be donated to the NYNJ MSDC in your company’s name.

Consciously Unbiased is an organization that was created because the existing unconscious bias and diversity training is not moving the needle fast enough. Our signature Conscious Conversations are interactive learning experiences that build belonging, spark habit-changing behavior, deliver insights on emerging diversity and inclusion issues, and drive company performance. For more information, click here: https://www.consciouslyunbiased.com/experiences.

Council Feedback Survey

Are you looking for more innovative services from us? Does your company provide an innovative service to the diverse supplier community that The Council and our network should know about? Please take a minute to complete this quick survey. Your feedback will be used to improve experiences for everyone.

Mission Accomplished

Recognizing Corporate and Supplier Excellence!

Have you been awarded a contract as a result of our network? Please take five (5) minutes to help us demonstrate our value through the Mission Accomplished Program. Your story may be featured in a future Council newsletter. 

Council in Action

Procurement Opportunities

New Jersey Economic Development Administration


Bergen County Government Bid and Contract Opportunities


State of New Jersey Business Opportunities


New York City Department of Health


New York State Insurance Fund


Dormitory Authority of the State of New York


On The Horizon

Thank You To Our 2020 Annual Sponsors